May 3, 2016 - 8:57 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, Iowa — A Hull teen struck a gas meter in Hull on Sunday, May 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:31 pm on Sunday, 13-year-old Carson Zandstra of Hull was driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade on private property in Hull. According to the report, as Zandstra was backing, he struck a MidAmerican Energy Company Gas Meter.

The Cadillac received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 3, 2016 - 8:57 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHospers, Iowa — A Fairmont, Minnesota woman’s vehicle was damaged after she struck a dog near Hospers on Sunday, May 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:02 am, 47-year-old Michelle Norstrom of Fairmont, Minnesota was driving a 2011 Ford Escape northbound on Highway 60, three miles north of Hospers. According to the report, Norstrom struck a dog in the roadway.

The Ford received $2500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 3, 2016 - 8:56 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemIreton, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident near Ireton on Saturday, April 30th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:02 pm on Satuday, 32-year-old Michael Timmer of Hawarden was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pulling an enclosed trailer northbound on Dipper Avenue, two miles west of Ireton. Sixteen-year-old Adam Viet of Hawarden was driving a 2008 Jeep Cherokee northbound on Dipper behind Timmer. According to the report, Timmer attempted to turn left onto 470th Street as Viet began passing him and Viet struck the Chevrolet in the intersection. After striking Timmer, Viet lost control of his vehicle, entered the west ditch and struck a Southern Sioux County Rural Water System water valve.

The Silverado received $9000 damage, the Jeep received $7000 damage, and the water valve received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 2, 2016 - 5:34 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Thursday, May 5th, is the 65th annual National Day of Prayer.
National Day Of Prayer 2016
Organizers say it will have profound significance for our country. They say it is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as they call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.

The theme for the 2016 National Day Of Prayer is “Wake Up America,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. To further highlight the theme, organizers have chosen Isaiah 58:1a as the Scripture for the year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”

For the May 5th observances, Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon, eastern time.

Sheldon’s 19th Annual National Day of Prayer observance will be at Living Water Community Church. The speaker will be Justin Jenness. The service will begin at 6:30 PM. The community event is sponsored by the Sheldon Area Ministerial Association and the local National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Elsewhere in northwest Iowa, Orange City will have a National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday from noon to 1 PM at the Orange City Town Hall lower level Community Room. You can come and go as your schedule permits.

In Sioux Center, an all-day prayer vigil is scheduled at the House of Missions and Equipping or “HOME” building, which is behind Culvers in southern Sioux Center. It’s from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Again it’s a come and go observance. Stations will be set up with various prayer topics, plus from 8:00 until 11:00 AM, there will be a prayer simulcast from Washington, DC.

The Rock Rapids Council of Churches doesn’t have any specific observance planned, but the women of the community will be getting together for prayer at a May Breakfast this Saturday, May 7th.

In George, the George Ministerial Association is encouraging each church to observe the National Day of Prayer on their own.

If you’d like to add your community to our list, send us an email at

May 2, 2016 - 5:32 pm - Posted in News

Le Mars, Iowa — An Orange City man was arrested after authorities say he took two different cars.
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On Saturday, April 30th, at 4:30 pm the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 25-year-old Geoffrey Dean Oolman of Orange City on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owners consent and driving while license barred.

At approximately 2 PM, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in Merrill for a report of a vehicle theft. The caller also stated that another vehicle was abandoned in their driveway. Upon investigation, deputies believe the vehicle abandoned in the driveway was stolen out of Sioux City earlier that afternoon. That vehicle was released to the owner from Sioux City.

The vehicle from Merrill was entered as stolen. A short time later, the vehicle was located by the Orange City Police Department at 105 St. Paul Avenue in Orange City. Deputies from the Plymouth and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange City Police Department went to the home and arrested Oolman. He was transported to the Plymouth County Jail and booked in on the charges of operating a motor vehicle without owners consent, and driving while license barred. Both charges are aggravated misdemeanors. Bond was set at $2,000.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office says the Sioux City Police Department will likely be filing charges for the incident that occurred in Sioux City.

April 30, 2016 - 4:18 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman’s vehicle was damaged after striking a JCB Telehandler on Thursday, April 28th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 3:28 pm on Thursday, 34-year-old Jon Burt of Hawarden was driving a JCB Telehandler northbound on Garfield Avenue, two miles west of Sioux Center. Sixty-six-year-old Janet Bajema was driving a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe northbound on Garfield Avenue behind Burt. According to the report, Burt began turning left onto a business driveway as Bajema attempted to pass when she struck the telehandler on the roadway.

The Hyundai received $3500 damage; the JCB was not damaged.

No injuries were reported.

April 30, 2016 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Friday, April 29th near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:40 pm on Friday, 16-year-old Jennifer Kamstra of Rock Valley was driving 2000 Toyota Camry eastbound on Highway 18, three miles east of Rock Valley. According to the report, Kamstra lost control, entered the north ditch and struck a ditch embankment.

The Toyota received $1400 damage.

No injuries were reported.

April 29, 2016 - 5:20 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board has denied motions by some landowners and the Sierra Club to reconsider or have another hearing on the permit for the Bakken oil pipeline, which is to carry Bakken crude through northwest Iowa on it’s way to Illinois.
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The I-U-B denied those motions Thursday.

The three members voted unanimously on March 10th to grant Dakota Access a permit to construct 346 miles of the pipeline through 18 Iowa counties. The board then issued the permit on April 8th after Dakota Access completed certain compliance filings required by the board.

The I-U-B has ordered what’s called a complaint proceeding for allegations that Dakota Access began construction of the pipeline before the permit was actually issued. The company says it was only doing preliminary survey work on the route and had not begun construction.

April 29, 2016 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — An Ireton man and a Wagner, SD woman were taken to the hospital after an accident near Hawarden.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 3:45 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2016, 21-year-old Logan Vlotho of Ireton was driving a 2006 Volkswagon southbound on Highway 10, about a mile and a half north of Hawarden. Fifty-two year-old Judy Carpenter of Wagner, SD was also southbound on 10 in a 2014 Toyota SUV when the vehicles collided.

The Hawarden Ambulance took Vlotho and Carpenter to the Hawarden Regional Healthcare hospital.

Vlotho’s Volkswagon sustained $5000 in damages, which was enough to total the car. Carpenter’s Toyota SUV sustained $10,000 in damages.

The Hawarden Fire Department and Ireton Ambulance crew assisted at the scene.

No further details are available at this time.

April 29, 2016 - 5:12 pm - Posted in News

Vatican City — A large regional healthcare provider has received a global award from the Vatican.
Sanford Vatican award
Sanford Health officials say that because of their determination to impact health on a global level the Vatican invited them to present on their work at the Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact this past week in Vatican City.

Sanford officials say they were humbled to be awarded the Pontifical Key Innovation Award. They say the award recognizes game-changing medical innovation exemplified by transformative thinking, creativity and ingenuity used to deliver the highest quality of medical care. Sanford employees were recognized for strides made in children’s health, cancer, type 1 diabetes, genetics and genomics, and biobanking for research and clinical purposes. Sanford officials say these strides would not have been possible without the generosity of philanthropist Denny Sanford.

They say Sanford is a driving force in the endeavors of adult stem cells, immunotherapy and genomic medicine. They say they are on the verge of breakthroughs in cancer, the regeneration of cells, advanced genetic therapy, pharmacogenetics and device design.

In our area Sanford has clinics in Boyden, George, Hartley, Hospers, Inwood, Orange City, Paullina, Rock Rapids and Sanborn as well as hospitals in Orange City, Rock Rapids, and Sheldon, and several other specialty services. They have about 280 locations in eight states and three foreign countries.